“I like problem solving. Most clients don’t come in saying; “I want X”. They say: “Here’s my problem. Help me solve it.” I love projects where there isn’t an intuitive, simple solution; where it’s something we have to work through together to find the answer.”
Born in Wanganui and brought up in Tauranga, Nick both leads a studio operating out of Auckland, and Jasmax's Tauranga office. He has broad international experience in the commercial, retail and hospitality sectors, as well as in specialist areas such as large scale city development (China), aviation, high security, healthcare, education, medical laboratories, and factory design.
A multiple award-winning architect, Nick’s project experience is eclectic and exceptional; he is as comfortable designing US laboratories to Homeland Security satisfaction and standard, as he is working with international experts and varied stakeholders on redeveloping Auckland Airport.
Nick’s passion for sustainable design means that his buildings often break paradigms. From the design of New Zealand’s first NZGBC 5 Star rated NZI Centre in 2009, to the ground-couple heat exchange system that draws heat and cooling from the earth in Hamilton’s APL Factory. This design thinking generates long-term, multi-generational architecture, and is born from challenging collaborative work with clients to overcome perceived obstacles.
“A lot of what we’re doing,” he says “is problem solving way beyond the architecture of a building. It comes down to the way architecture can help better learning outcomes, health outcomes or office productivity. There’s a rigorous financial responsibility to what we do, yet at the same time you’re actually improving the lives of people who work in the buildings; you’re bettering the cityscapes. I love that.”